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Balanced budget supports provincial direction and regional priorities
2012/13 Strategic Direction Highlights
2012/13 Strategic Direction Highlights

Every day, the Prairie North Health Region team aims to provide the safest and best possible care, experience, and health for each patient, resident, or client we serve. Above and beyond that commitment, Prairie North is focused on specific breakthrough initiatives in the coming year, which are aligned with provincial strategic priorities.

Prairie North Breakthrough Initiatives (Hoshins) for 2012/13

Better Health

PNHR will improve access to primary health care teams.

Examples of activities that will help us achieve that goal:

  • The Ministry of Health has designated two primary health care centres in Prairie North Health Region as innovation sites – one in Lloydminster and the other in Meadow Lake. These sites will receive targeted funding to improve patient experience and increase access to care.
  • All primary health sites in Prairie North will implement a standard patient survey to evaluate the patient experience and identify how we can improve.

PNHR will support positive health outcomes in Aboriginal Peoples.

Examples of activities that will help us achieve that goal:

  • Prairie North will create an Aboriginal Health Advisory Committee to provide guidance to the Prairie North Regional Health Authority on matters involving and affecting First Nations and Métis Nations.
  • We will include First Nations representation on Patient and Family-Centered Care initiatives.

Better Care

PNHR will pursue continuous quality improvement through Lean Management System.

Examples of activities that will help us achieve that goal:

  • We will establish a process for visually communicating goals, performance, and progress with staff and visitors (ie. a visual management wall).
  • We will begin training and certifying a cross-section of PNHR employees in the Saskatchewan Lean Management System to build internal quality improvement expertise and capacity.

PNHR will implement medication reconciliation on admission and discharge from our facilities to improve patient safety.

Examples of activities that will help us achieve that goal:

  • The project team will develop consistent tools/forms to use throughout the Region.
  • Audits to measure compliance will continue.

PNHR will meet and exceed targets set by the provincial government under the Sooner, Safer, Smarter Surgical Care Initiative.

Examples of activities that will help us achieve that goal:

  • $2.7 million in targeted provincial funding will allow for 950 additional surgeries to be performed in Prairie North in 2012/13.
  • We will implement strategies to ensure we are delivering safe care, such as consistent use of the surgical checklist and other tools to eliminate surgical infections.

PNHR will continue to plan for the replacement of Saskatchewan Hospital – North Battleford.

Examples of activities that will help us achieve that goal:

  • Lean design principles will be used to eliminate waste and ensure the facility is built to meet the needs of patients and their families.

Better Value

PNHR will participate in provincial shared services, collaborating with the other health regions to procure goods and services.

Examples of activities that will help us achieve that goal:

  • We will measure savings achieved by aligning with provincial supply contracts monthly, contributing to a provincial total savings of $100 million over five years.
  • Electronic requisitioning will be implemented in a pilot department/unit.
  • We will implement a paperless payroll system.

 

Better Teams

PNHR will provide better support for front-line managers.

Examples of activities that will help us achieve that goal:

  • In consultation with the current management team, we will develop and test a managers' orientation and education process.
  • Ongoing training and supports for managers will be implemented.
  • The succession planning policy will be evaluated and revised as necessary.

PNHR will better engage physicians in the health system.

Examples of activities that will help us achieve that goal:

  • Prairie North Health Region appointed physician leaders will have specific committee roles, responsibilities, and accountabilities, and a physician compensation schedule will be implemented.
  • With physician collaboration, we will design a ‘compact' of mutually agreed upon gives and gets.

PNHR will perform Job Safety Analyses (JSA) throughout the Region.

Examples of activities that will help us achieve that goal:

  • The regional OH&S Committee will identify high-risk departments based on Job Task Analysis, WCB claims, incident reports, and the employee engagement survey.
  • A JSA toolbox for managers will be developed, with tools and explanations of how to perform the analysis. Managers will organize and complete JSA workdays for their departments.

Provincial Breakthrough Initiatives (Hoshins) for 2012/13

  • Transform the surgical patient experience (Better Care)
  • Strengthen patient-centered primary health care (Better Health)
  • Deploy a provincial continuous improvement system (Better Care, Better Value, Better Teams)
  • Focus on patient and staff safety (Better Care, Better Teams)
  • Identify and provide services collectively through a shared services organization (Better Value)

For more information on the Ministry of Health's Plan for 2012-13, visit http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/.

Pillars of Planning

Better Health

Improve population health through health promotion, protection and disease prevention, and collaborate with communities and different government organizations to close the health disparity gap.

Better Care

In partnership with patients and families, improve the individual's experience, achieve timely access, and continuously improve health-care safety.

Better Value

Achieve best value for money, improve transparency and accountability, and strategically invest in facilities, equipment, and information infrastructure.

Better Teams

Build safe, supportive, and quality workplaces that support patient and family-centered care and collaborative practices, and develop a highly skilled, professional, and diverse workforce that has a sufficient number and mix of service providers.

Strategic Planning Approach

Hoshin Kanri (strategy deployment) is a strategic planning method used to set breakthrough priorities to transform health care, and then to obtain feedback from people closer to the work on how to prioritize and implement them.

Hoshins are breakthrough activities to achieve significant performance improvements or to make significant changes in the way an organization, department, or process operates.

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